Archives for April 2011

The End of Evangelicalism? 2

David Fitch, in his new book, The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission: Towards an Evangelical Political Theology (Theopolitical Visions), thinks evangelicalism’s influence is more or less over, that it needs to reexamine itself, and that it needs to rediscover what it could be in our world. Here are the problems for [Read More…]

Renovation of the Church

“First, in spite of wonderful stories of outward success and church growth, we believe that the church in North America is in serious trouble.” That was written by Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken, two pastors and now authors of this book: Renovation of the Church: What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation. This [Read More…]

Tim Keller on Civility

Thanks to Tim Keller for these words on TV: “At the very least, we should be creating individuals who know how to talk civilly,” said Pastor Tim Keller, who based himself in New York City with the mission of spreading the gospel to a city better known for stone-cold competition rather than Christian brotherhood. “As [Read More…]

“The Book of Mormon”: David Brooks

From David Brooks: The central theme of “The Book of Mormon” is that many religious stories are silly — the idea that God would plant golden plates in upstate New York. Many religious doctrines are rigid and out of touch. But religion itself can do enormous good as long as people take religious teaching metaphorically [Read More…]

Adam, Sin, and Death, … Oh My 1 (RJS)

Several weeks ago (here) I posted on the book by Karl Giberson and Francis Collins The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions and posed a few questions… specifically What arguments against evolution do you find convincing? Why? and What arguments would you like to see discussed on this blog (in future [Read More…]

Variety within Calvinism

If you say “predestination” you may well find the person you are talking to with a snarl. For some, perhaps most, the very idea that God, for whatever reason but God’s ways are God’s ways, chose some to be saved is objectionable if not unconscionable. And, yet, if you were to attend the lectures of [Read More…]

Hal Lindsey Redux

Well, I find this incredible. Sorry if you don’t. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter might play a significant role in the second coming of Christ, evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham says. “The Bible says that every eye is going to see [the second coming],” Graham told “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour. “How is [Read More…]

It’s SO True

Apple vs. PC, the stereotypes are true: (CNN) — Remember those Apple ads that cast the Mac as a 20-something, self-satisfied hipster while the PC was portrayed by an older, square-looking guy in a brown suit? Well, those characterizations, unfair as they may be, appear to have some truth to them. An unscientific survey by Hunch, [Read More…]

The End of Evangelicalism? 1

Many today are predicting the (even imminent) collapse of evangelicalism. Others, like Brad Wright, show that evangelicalism is flourshing, while others, like Chris Smith, show that while it may be flourishing it is not what it used to be. At work here are two questions that I want to deal with before we go another [Read More…]

Into the Depths of Why? 4

I love Adam Hamilton’s new book, Why?: Making Sense of God’s Will, which explores the great questions bundled into the question “Why?” His last chp, called “Why God’s Love Prevails,” is about how to live, how to think, in light of the previous chapters and, in particular, in light of tragedies in this life. Adam [Read More…]